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  • Well spaced bushveld chalets give a feeling of privacy and tranquility
  • Great hosts will help you get the most out of the region from this central family-friendly base
  • Carefully built in pristine African sandforest

Umkhumbi Lodge

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Price tier (pps): R200  R1500+

Child policy: All ages

18km from Hluhluwe


-27.9062, 32.3622


Umkhumbi Lodge is owned and run by Anton and Emma Roberts. They pride themselves on their personal service, ensuring each guest gets the most out of their stay. Their enthusiasm for their wonderful surroundings is infectious. This family-friendly game lodge is their home and they make you part of it from the moment you arrive.

There is a lovely short trail through the sand forest where you may see some of the small game and many birds that inhabit the property. To cool down in the hot summers, there is a splash pool situated in the bush near the rooms, and there is a bar service on offer. A central open-fronted lapa houses the dining room and tree top lounge from where you can enjoy breathtaking sunsets from the wooden deck. After the sun goes down, guests and guides gather around the fire to swap stories about the day's adventures.

There is Wi-Fi internet available in the reception area if you need to keep connected with the outside world. Laundry, and travel advice and bookings are part of the service.

Rates & Summary

6 Chalets each with two rooms 

Rooms have interleading doors, perfect for families
All rooms en-suite with bath and shower
Each room has a private veranda
Air-conditioned, small fridges
All nestled in unspoilt natural sand forest


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Breakfast and dinner: 3 course set menu with options
Dietary requirements can be catered for if advised in advance


Kids of all ages are welcome at Umkhumbi Lodge.
The units at Umkhumbi Lodge have interconnecting doors, making them perfect for families.

Why Stay Here?

Umkhumbi Lodge is a family-owned lodge located in the game-rich Hluhluwe-Imfolozi area of KwaZulu-Natal. Umkhumbi is surrounded by wildlife reserves, endless sandy beaches and the richly varied ecosystems of the iSimangaliso Wetland Park. Although most of these are a little drive away from the lodge, Umkhumbi is a great place to use as a base, being centrally located and a great stepping off point for general exploration of the area. The Lodge has been sympathetically built in the pristine African sandforest, carefully preserving this fragile ecology. The focus is on conservation through education and environmental awareness, delighting guests with all aspects of the African bush, large and small, and providing the service and experiences that sees visitors return as friends.


  • Well spaced bushveld chalets give a feeling of privacy and tranquility
  • Great hosts will help you get the most out of the region from this central family-friendly base
  • Carefully built in pristine African sandforest


All chalets are off the main path and comfortably spaced away from each other to afford a good measure of privacy. Some of the chalets are surrounded by trees and completely secluded.

Road Conditions

The tar road up to the entrance turnoff is in excellent condition, then there is a 2km drive on a smooth gravel and sand track. After very heavy rains the sand track can pool with water, but the pools are not deep and normal sedan cars can access the lodge easily.

Activities & Attractions

  • Birding
  • Cheetah Encounter
  • Frogging Tours
  • Turtle Tours (Dec - Feb)
  • Elephant Interaction
  • Rhino Tracking
  • Deep Sea Fishing
  • Scenic Flights
  • Walking, cycling and birding False Bay
  • Kayaking on Kosi Bay
  • Kosi Bay excursion
  • St Lucia Boat Cruise
  • Golfing on a  nearby 9 hole course 
  • Ilala Weavers – craft shop and cafe
  • Zulu Croc – crocodile and snake park
  • Cultural Tours
  • Game Drives in  Mkuzi, Ndumo, Tembe (4X4),  Hluhluwe-Imfolozi


Accommodation & Hospitality

  • Communal lounge
  • Verandah / patio
  • Air conditioning
  • Bed linen supplied
  • Bathroom towels supplied
  • Laundry service available
  • Ironing service available
  • Self-service tea and coffee available
  • No smoking indoors

Catering & Kitchen

  • Breakfast & dinner
  • Restaurant
  • Licensed
  • No kitchen
  • Fridge or minibar


  • Water supply good for drinking
  • Electric geysers
  • Eskom electricity

Leisure Amenities

  • Swimming pool

Business & Connectivity

  • Wi-Fi
  • Good cell phone reception

Access & Convenience

  • Child friendly
  • Off street parking
  • Nearest shops further than 10km
  • Nearest fuel further than 10km
  • Shuttle service can be arranged


  • Credit cards accepted
  • EFT accepted


  • Office safe




Elephant Coast

KwaZulu Natal


On the eastern seaboard of South Africa, the wild country of the Elephant Coast presses up against the Indian Ocean in the east, Mozambique in the north and Zululand to the south and west. Here, the bright lights of the city are nowhere to be seen, replaced by night skies as unpolluted as nature created them.

The area was named for the elephants that once roamed here in great numbers, hunted for their tusks until they had all but disappeared. Luckily this has been turned around and elephants can once again be seen in many of the region’s game reserves, along with the rest of the Big 5.

Made up of extensive commercial farms, private game farms and government game reserves, the Elephant Coast is still relatively untouched by modernity. It incorporates vast expanses of wilderness, including an internationally renowned World Heritage Site, the 328000ha Isimangaliso Wetland Park. It is also home to Africa’s oldest game reserve, the Hluhluwe-Imfolozi Game Reserve, founded in 1895.

The area is a must-visit for ecologically minded tourists; there is far more to see than just the two flagship reserves. Fortunate tourists can see the Big 5, scuba dive with whale sharks or manta rays, watch turtles laying their eggs, fish for tigerfish, and ride horses on the beach or through the bush. It’s a region that is rich in diversity.

Ndumo Game Reserve and Tembe Elephant Reserve are both on the border with Mozambique and offer unique experiences for twitchers and pachyderm fans.

Tembe now boasts herds of elephants that are noted for their impressive tusks, and it’s one of the better places in South Africa to get good sightings and photographs of these animals.

Ndumo is best known for its birding. Species such as the narina trogon, palm-nut vulture and green twinspot can be seen in the forests of figs and other beautiful trees. Healthy populations of hippo and crocodile lurk in the pans and rivers.

KosiBay, a reserve protecting a series of shallow coastal lakes and all that lives in and around them, offers excellent fishing. There are also fascinating cultural and wildlife walks and birding opportunities. In season, one can watch turtles as they lay eggs or hatch from them.

Also on the coast is Sodwana Bay, yet another conservation area run by Ezemvelo KZN Wildlife. It’s a mecca for scuba divers and snorkelers from all over the world.

Sodwana holds beneath its waters coral reefs that are home to an estimated 1 200 fish species. These include the prehistoric coelacanth, as well as sharks and other fish.

Lake Sibaya is another attraction, although one that has failed to attain the popularity it deserves. The largest fresh-water lake in South Africa, Sibaya is home to thousands of waterbirds. Game is plentiful along its shores and crocodiles stalk its clear water.

The Jozini, or Pongolapoort, Dam offers a wonderful blend of sport fishing with game viewing. The river itself is also home to healthy populations of tigerfish.

Look out for

Isimangaliso Wetland Park – this World Heritage Site is amazingly diverse and deserves at least a few days of your time. Go for a boat cruise on the estuary, a game drive through the bush, and a hike along the shores of Lake St Lucia.

Sodwana Bay – take advantage of one of the world’s top scuba diving spots. Beginners can go on courses or snorkel; while more experienced divers have a number of reefs to choose from.

Birdwatching – the entire Elephant Coast is home to bountiful birdlife, although there are a few hot spots. The pans of Mkhuze Game Reserve play host to pelicans and all sorts of other birdlife. Over 420 bird species have been recorded in the riverine forest, woodland and savannahs of the park. Ndumo Game Reserve has an even better record, with more than 430 species recorded, the most for anywhere in South Africa. Beautiful, fever tree-lined pans are home to specials such as Pel’s fishing owl, broadbill and black egret.

Fishing – the Elephant Coast’s Jozini Dam is one of the few places in South Africa where anglers can try their luck at landing the tigerfish, one of the most ferocious, toothy fish in the world. If salt-water fishing is preferred, Kosi Bay is a popular and exceptional fishery, while deep-sea charters also operate from St Lucia.

Turtle tours – St Lucia is probably the best place in the country to go on an organised turtle watching tour. While sightings can’t be guaranteed, you have a good chance of seeing leatherback and loggerhead turtles laying eggs or hatching. Community guides at Kosi Bay also offer turtle watching tours that are very worthwhile.

Game view – the Elephant Coast is still home to a healthy population of big tuskers, especially in Tembe Elephant Park. A good sighting of these animals will stay with you for the rest of your life. The Hluhluwe-Imfolozi Game Reserve is internationally famous for saving the white rhino from extinction, and it remains one of the best places in the world to view this docile behemoth. The rest of the Big 5 can also be seen here, along with many other interesting animals.

Hike – while some areas require a guide (especially the Big 5 parks), there are some exceptional walking trails on the Elephant Coast. Almost all game reserves will offer day trails, while a trail with a difference can be enjoyed at Kosi bay. Here you can wander around the Kosi Mouth estuary, inspecting the primitive fish traps and watching locals at work spearing their catch. 

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